“What’s your favorite quality about yourself?” I remember reading this question recently and wondering how I would answer it. So I decided to do just that, especially with a birthday just past!
Once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kind of falls into place.― Jennifer Aniston
The Favourite Quality About Myself
Digging deep, I think what it is that I really love about myself. While I like my warm personality, my (sometimes sarcastic) humour and my memory, there’s one quality that stands out for me. I’m caring. Yes, despite my tough(ish) exterior, I’m a softie.
Just this morning, I asked José to name the quality that he thought best described me and he came up with with the same thing. He went on to list the small ways I reach out and care for others, especially the poor. (I wasn’t surprised that he and I agreed on this, because he really gets who I am!)
Empathy is a quality that comes naturally to me and that’s something a lot of people have appreciated over the years. José is always a little amused by this, because I can ask the most seemingly inane question to an autorickshaw driver and have him tell me his life story!
This quality has got me into trouble at times – giving and giving until people took advantage or took me for granted. There was a brief time that I was tempted to close up and not be concerned about anyone else. It went against the grain. Now, I’ve worked on setting boundaries and have learned to say ‘no’.
I remember writing my own obituary several years back as part of an exercise suggested by Stephen Covey. In it, I wrote, ‘she was kind, caring and generous’….. I guess this is how I want to be remembered as when I die.
What’s Your Favorite Quality About Yourself?
What do you really love about yourself? Are you brave, intelligent, outgoing? Do you pride yourself on being cool in a crisis? Are you great at making new friends?
How does that quality make you who you are? Do share.
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